Binging season is here...
Netflix‘s library is getting bigger and better every month with more and more originally commissioned films, series and documentaries. In recent weeks, team NME have been binging on Sex Education, You, Russian Doll and, of course, the Fyre Festival documentary.
What’s coming up for you to add to your watch list? Here’s what you can expect to arrive on Netflix in the UK during February 2019.
Russian Doll (available now)
Arriving on Netflix at the start of the month, Russian Doll sees Orange Is The New Black star Natasha Lyonne make her writing and directing debut, teaming up with Sleeping with Other People writer Leslye Headland and Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler (who serves as executive producer). Lyonne plays a woman named Nadia who repeatedly dies while reliving her last night alive over and over again.
In our four-star review, we described it as “a series about grappling with grief, facing your demons and figuring out what it means to be human”, comparing the show to both Groundhog Day and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Hardly faint praise, then.
Nailed It! Mexico (8 February)
Since launching last year, Nailed It! has become the must-see food show for people who don’t even like food shows. So much so that it’s been labelled as the “anti-Bake Off palate cleanser”.
The premise is simple: each episode, take three quite good (but not particularly good) bakers and get them to recreate stuff they’ve seen on Instagram, like unicorn cakes or baked busts of President Trump’s head. Throw in a buzzer that instructs the host to distract your opponents plus a fake gun that shoots out the cash prize, and you have yourself one very surreal food show.
There’s now a Mexican version of the show, launching its first season on 8 February, promising just as much drama. Will it live up to its American counterpart? Well, if it’s even half as good, it’ll be worth watching.
ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (8 February)
ReMastered is a new documentary series from Neflix that shines a light on untold stories from musical history. So far, we’ve seen films about the CIA’s alleged involvement in an assassination attempt against Bob Marley (Who Shot the Sheriff?) and Johnny Cash’s turbulent relationship with President Nixon (Tricky Dick and the Man in Black).
The Two Killings of Sam Cooke, meanwhile, delves into the legacy of the R&B/soul singer, who was shot dead by a motel manager in 1964. As director Kelly Duane de la Vega puts it: “He was an incredible musical artist, but just as important was the way he contributed to the civil-rights movement and embodied the idea of an African-American artist having power in the record industry. It was a seedy end, and for some people, that’s where the conversation ended.”
Dating Around (14 February)
If you don’t find yourself with a date or alternate plans this Valentine’s Day, what better a way to spend your night than watching Netflix’s first original dating show? Dating Around premieres on 14 February and promises “flirtations and fails” while billing itself as “an honest and compelling look at the real world of dating”.
It’s basically like First Dates, if you took away all the cheerful chaos and replaced it with big budget US reality glitz and glamour.
The Umbrella Academy (15 February)
Netflix already has its fair share of stellar comic book offerings (Jessica Jones, Daredevil, The Punisher), but were any of those created by My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way?
Adapted from the page by Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon), The Umbrella Academy stars Ellen Page and Tom Hopper (Dickon from Game Of Thrones) as members of an estranged supernatural family who come together following the news of their adopted father’s death. Yes, it’s like a superhero movie crossed with a family reunion – and the reviews so far have been pretty impressive.
Get Out (24 February)
Is it a horror? Is it a comedy? Is it satire or a pretty accurate portrayal of the racist underbelly still present in modern-day United States?
Whatever your take on Get Out, it was one of the standout movies of 2017, earning a handful of Oscar nominations (with Jordan Peele picking up Best Original Screenplay) and catapulted its lead actor Daniel Kaluuya to mega-stardom (earning him the Rising Star award at last year’s BAFTAs).
Get Out arrives on Netflix in the UK this month, so if you’ve not seen it yet, now’s your chance.
See the full list of everything that’s coming to Netflix UK this February.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend season 4
Requiem series 1
Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner
Poldark series 3
High Flying Bird
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Nailed It! Mexico
ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke
Kevin Hart’s Guide To Black History
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Space Between Us
Flavorful Origins: Chaoshan Cuisine
I Think We’re Alone Now
Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho
The Umbrella Academy
The Breaker Upperers
Blackadder series 1 and 2
The Five-Year Engagement
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Larry Charles’ Dangerous World Of Comedy
The Dragon Prince Season 2
The Legend of Tarzan
Homeland season 7
Suburra season 2
Chef’s Table: Volume 6
Twilight in Forks
GO! Vive A Tu Manera
The Photographer Of Mauthausen
Paris Is Us
Van Helsing season 3
As Above, So Below
Bert Kreischer: The Machine
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments: Season 3B
I Feel Pretty
Isn’t It Romantic
Jeopardy!: Collection 2
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey
The Other Boleyn Girl
Isn’t It Romantic